Forests: A Rising Global Climate Superpower?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon. By Bronson Griscom, Director of Forest Carbon Science. I make the case here that forests are a big part of the solution. Forest Ecology and Management.

The Nobel Prize in forest economics?

Environmental Economics

valuation of forest protection programs": Journal of Forest Economics 17 (2011):35-52. piece of research in applying contingent valuation of welfare effects of forest conservation in the special case of Eastern Hemlock in the. the preference of the citizens concerning ecologically valuable sites. ecological sites, in spite of their description "difficult for. share of ecological sites of the optimal allocation. Congratulations to the authors!

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For Nova Scotians, Less is More: Ecology Report from Halifax.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) basic needs clean water ecology food forests Halifax Nova Scotia urban gardens For Nova Scotians, less is indeed more.

Free Movie: First Earth – Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

Green Prophet

Through his free movie First Earth David Sheen is passing on the positive transformation that occurred in his life after learning about ecological architecture. . When David Sheen first decided to make a film that depicts the history, necessity, and straight-up sensibility of ecological architecture, he had no idea what a massive task he had set for himself. Sheen had to adjust to living in Oregon’s dense, wet forests and to building with his own hands and feet.

After the Clearcuts: People and Ecology in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black-tailed fawn peers out from forest cover on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. And then one man exclaiming: “I’ve never seen such beautiful and pristine forests.”. I’d just spent a week with foresters and researchers in those southeastern Alaskan forests, a short plane flight away on Prince of Wales Island. From the roads on Prince of Wales, the forest does indeed seem to stretch untouched. The forests grew back. I’m a restoration forester.

Burning Question: How Do You Balance Farming and Ecology?

Green (Living) Review

I’m going to create a riparian buffer and restore the stream ecology on my grandmother’s farm. Thanks to a land-based school curriculum, along with outreach programs from universities, extension offices and environmental education organizations, 13-year-olds like this one can speak the language of restorative ecology. He is applying for grants and has already calculated the cost of moving fences farther from streams and stabilizing the soil by planting a food forest.

Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Invasive forest pests threaten ancient hemlock groves in the East. Sarah Johnson, a conservation GIS analyst for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania , tells a story familiar to anyone who deals with non-native forest pests. Staff at the Woodbourne Forest Preserve in northeastern Pennsylvania knew it was coming: emerald ash borer , an incredibly destructive and invasive beetle. In March, the emerald ash borer was found on Woodbourne by a forest crew. “I

Too Many Deer: A Bigger Threat to Eastern Forests than Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. In many areas of the country deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by preferentially feeding on select plant species. In New York, TNC scientists report that one-third of New York’s forests are currently compromised as a result of excessive herbivory (see New York Forest Regeneration Study ). Ecological Monographs 83(1): 3-17.

Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

What can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests? Our remaining forests face great challenges like massive wildfires and invasive forest pests. Forest managers are researching strategies that can keep forests resilient under multiple stressors so that they can continue to provide habitat for wildlife, clean air, clean water, carbon storage, and, yes, timber far into the future. Wait, Why Can’t Forests Recover Without Intervention?

How Fire Can Restore a Forest (TIME LAPSE VIDEO)

Conservancy Talk

Rich recently returned from an assignment for Nature Conservancy magazine documenting the regrowth of a forest after a controlled burn. The Nature Conservancy’s Chuck Martin pulled up in his white truck and introduced himself in his friendly southern accent as I photographed a historic tobacco-drying log cabin on the 4,000-plus-acre Moody Forest Natural Area that he manages. Burn a Forest to Save a Forest. This couldn’t be the same forest I left a few months ago?

Checkerboard: Putting Western Forest Pieces Back Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Great Western Checkerboards Project preserves recreational access and helps conserve the ecological integrity of 165,073 acres in Washington and Montana. A checkered past still limits forest management in the West today. The purchase was one of the largest forest acquisition projects ever undertaken by a conservation group. The “checkerboard” of lands plays a key role in wildlife connectivity and forest health. Forests public lands wildlife connectivity

Does Ecosia really have the 'impeccable ecological credentials' that it claims to have?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Often the claim is being made that the search engine “Ecosia” has impeccable ecological credentials and then someone may add that it, however, may not always be as effective. So, does Ecosia really have those claimed “impeccable ecological credentials”? That is a fair bit more £125,000 that Ecosia has raised in its first year (although that has no doubt helped a bit to protect forests, a laudable aim).

Kibbutz Recovers from Killer Forest Fires by Going Green

Green Prophet

The 2010 Carmel Forest wildfires said to have been the worst such fires in Israel’s history , not only burnt down more than 3,036 hectares (7,500 acres) of forest and brush land and killed 44 people, it also caused moderate to severe damage to area communities. The Carmel forest itself is still in the early process of recuperating from the wildfires, including plans by the Jewish National Fund to replant thousands of seedlings in the burnt out areas.

Change Comes to the Eastern Forest: Five-Part Series Begins Today

Nature Conservancy - Science

Does logging have any place in a “pristine” eastern forest? Change is coming to the eastern forest. The decisions made now could have long-lasting implications for the forests we know in the future. What does it mean to manage a “pristine” forest? What complexities do land managers face as they try to maintain a healthy forest in the face of new ecological threats – and differing human values that at times conflict with the science?

Notes from the Deer Wars: Science & Values in the Eastern Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

White-tailed deer are beautiful animals, but they are also wreaking havoc on forests. One of the biggest threats to the eastern forest also happens to be one of its most charismatic creatures: the white-tailed deer. Recently, a group of Conservancy scientists and land managers called over-abundant deer a bigger threat to forests than climate change. I am here to see firsthand how that passion for deer can perhaps be summoned to help the forest rather than harm it.

Cyprus forests and avian inhabitants

10,000 Birds

The most recent BirdLife Cyprus newsletter had a feature article that was just too good to pass up comment and elaboration on: Our avian forest gems … (English names emphasized by me) Cyprus, although only 16% of its land mass is covered with forest, hosts more than 34 species of forest birds, 15 all-year residents, eight migratory breeders and 11 winter visitors. the first three found only in the Troodos and Paphos forests).

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Countryside surrounding La Amistad International Park in Costa Rica harbors both agriculture and forest fragments. Islands of forest in a sea of crops…that’s how people often think of tropical forest remnants (and the species that live in them) in places like Costa Rica or Indonesia. The results of this study demonstrate that there is a lot more going on between forest remnants than there is between islands.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Floating Forests

Nature Conservancy - Science

Kelp forest. For an inside look at the magic of kelp forests, visit TALK. What is Floating Forests? Welcome to Floating Forests , a citizen science project that’s studying kelp — which is much more critical to life than most people realize — it supports entire ecosystems that span 25% of the world’s coasts and provides us with food. Just log on to Floating Forests right now, wherever you are, through Zooniverse , a collection of citizen science projects.

Black-backed Woodpeckers and Forest Fires in California and the West

10,000 Birds

” Note how well camouflaged this bird is atop a snag in its natural habitat of burned coniferous forest. Black-backed Woodpeckers thrive in forests where fires have burned and are are threatened by logging that destroys their post-fire habitat. A new report was just released January 6th by the Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project outlining the important ecological benefits of last summer’s Rim Fire in Northern California and exposes how a U.S.

The Healing Effects of Forests

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Vienna, Austria: “Many people,” says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, “feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. Forests – and other natural, green settings – can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce anger and aggressiveness and increase overall happiness. Forest visits may also strengthen our immune system by increasing the activity and number of natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells.

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A Whale Swimming Through the Forest is Beyond Beautiful, Thought-Provoking (Video)

Eco Chic

This incredible video of a whale swimming through a forest is not only beautiful, it makes us think. The post A Whale Swimming Through the Forest is Beyond Beautiful, Thought-Provoking (Video) appeared first on Eco-Chick. Ecology conservation forest oceans video whale whale and dolphin conservation woods What if whales were as easy to see as going to your local wooded area? Would we be better at conserving them?

New Hope for an Ancient Forest

Conservancy Talk

Sanjayan travels deep into some of the most spectacular forests on the planet, from uncharted areas of the Amazon to the jungles of Sumatra. Tonight’s episode demonstrates that in forests around the world, nature and people can thrive together. Great Bear is full of massive old growth forests spread across a vast landscape of mountains, fjords and waterways. And to get it right means taking into account all the ways people value this great forest.

Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ecological Portfolios: Maintaining Stability in the Face of an Uncertain Future. marshes, streams, forests, rivers) to guard against volatility. By studying pristine landscapes, such as Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, it is now clear to scientists that the best ecological tool for managing risk and recovering salmon is to maintain a thick portfolio of complex habitats across the landscape. Log jams at the head of gravel bars eventually become large, forested islands.

George Monbiot: “Let’s let ecological processes rip”

Green (Living) Review

Calling for a ‘rewilding’ of the UK, large areas of land should be left alone to grow wild, he said, so that we can “let ecological processes rip,” and allow nature to bring itself into balance and thrive. We live in an elephant adapted ecosystem – the elephant in the forest is the elephant in the room,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience in the Secret Forum tent.

Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Straighten legs to relieve muscles, lean into your harness and trust your gear, shake out your hands and forearms, study the bounty of dark mahogany-colored cones before you, the cones that may hold the key to preserving one of the most ecologically crucial and most beautiful trees on the planet. Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been part of a crew of independent contractors working seasonally on whitebark pines for the US Forest Service.

Istanbul’s Natural Oases: The Atatürk Arboretum and Belgrade Forest

Green Prophet

Situated within the city’s Belgrade Forest, the arboretum is a research site for Turkish and foreign scientists, an educational experience for local schoolchildren, university students of forestry, and a haven for nature-lovers in Istanbul. Background on the Belgrade Forest. In Ottoman times, royalty used the forest as a hunting ground and water supply. The forest is also the living laboratory for research carried out by the Forestry Department at Istanbul University.

Technology to the Rescue for Foresters in the Thick of It

Nature Conservancy - Science

So, when forest managers are working to recreate the complex, seemingly random patterns found in nature, how do they do it? Even so, after you determine what a more natural forest would look like in your area, there’s the challenge of implementing that on the ground. . We gather in Cle Elum, Washington to learn about the science behind restoring a forest to a more natural pattern of individual trees, tree clumps and forest openings (ICO).

Create Your Own Forest Garden

Green Living Ideas

“What exactly IS a forest garden?” A forest garden is a purposefully created collection of multiple species of edible or beneficial plants organized in such a way as to mimic the natural system of a forest. There are many reasons to have a forest garden– time in nature, wild edibles, and free food– but one of the best reasons is less time devoted to the mundane task of yard care. There are many ways in which to plan your edible forest garden.

Ecological Conference in Istanbul Questions Wisdom of Rapid Economic Growth

Green Prophet

Today is the last day of the 9th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, which was held in Istanbul this year. Actually, European countries should use Turkey as a model for “degrowth&# , said ecological economists Blake Alcott and Özlem Yazlik at a panel on Wednesday. Many attendees presented papers on market-based solutions to ecological problems around the world, and ways of integrating environmentally friendly living into a modern economy.

Can Forest Carbon Markets Provide for a 40,000-Year-Old Culture?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Can a forest carbon offset project protect the resources and culture of indigenous hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania? Still, the forest may yet provide, this time not in the form of dik-diks or zebras — but through forest carbon credits. Research showed a way to provide funding and protect the habitat: the forest carbon offsets market. The Hadza need the forest to survive: it supplies their food and shelter and just about everything else.

Musicwood–Aiming to Save a National Forest for the Sake of Music

Wend Magazine

With deforestation, woodlands and indigenous forests are slowly dwindling–causing species extinction and leading to higher, more dangerous levels of C02 in the atmosphere. Musicwood is a documentary film that follows a group of the world’s finest guitar makers as they attempt to save the largest National Forest in the United States, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Click here to view the embedded video.

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Objekten’s Intelligent Ecology: Sustainable Design to Buy Once

Eco Chic

Leaning is an ingenius “wall pocket” made in Belgium with wood from managed forests and comes in a variety of 12 colors. The post Objekten’s Intelligent Ecology: Sustainable Design to Buy Once appeared first on Eco-Chick.

Help Stop the Privatization of BC's Public Forest Lands!

Green (Living) Review

VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, February 2013 : Recently, news has surfaced that BC’s provincial government is planning on introducing a forestry bill that would give private logging companies much more control over our public forest land in British Columbia—a bill that’s been described by experts as a massive “forest giveaway”. The legislation would essentially make crown forest land more like private land in terms of management and logging rights.

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Seeing the Trees – Without Losing Sight of the Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Small forest patches and corridors are key to its survival in human influenced landscapes. A common fascination with the ecological dynamics of such habitat patches brought together study co-authors Nature Conservancy scientist Christina Kennedy, Rhodes College biologist Sarah Boyle, and Chicago State University ecologist Noé U. de la Sancha when they met at a 2009 workshop to encourage collaboration between North and South American researchers in ecology and conservation.

The Ecological effect of the Kelowna wildfires

Eco Friendly Daily

The fires devastated West Kelowna and surrounding areas destroying many homes and miles of forest land. Many families will have no homes to return to and the ecological devastation will affect B.C This summer was a tough one for residents of Kelowna, British Columbia with thousands forced from their homes due to multiple wildfires.

What Is Forest Resilience & What Does it Means for Conservation?

Conservancy Talk

Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar. For centuries timber from these forests not only framed the templed cities of Southeast Asia but also found its way into furniture in North America and yacht decks in the Mediterranean. Myanmar was known for the rigor of the forest management system perfected under British Colonial rule. Yet in recent years mismanagement of the forest had taken its toll.

Lone Indian Man Plants 1,360 Acre Forest single-handedly

The Green Changemakers

h a huge forest of acorn trees and streams flowing. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. Demonstrating a keen understanding of ecological balance, Payeng even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony. Movie Forest

Forests and Freedom

The Green Changemakers

Forests were central to Tagore’s works, just as they have been for India’s creative expression through centuries, writes Vandana Shiva. by Vandana Shiva Tagore started Santiniketan as a Tapovan – a forest school – both to take inspiration from Nature and to create an Indian Renaissance. All these institutions are thus connected, through the inspiration of Tagore, to the ancient culture of the forest. The peace of the forest has helped the intellectual evolution of man.

Dubai’s Camels to Chomp Down Runaway Mangrove Forests?

Green Prophet

Kevin Hyland told The National that camels used to have access to the sanctuary before it was fenced off in 2002, and that reintroducing them would help restore the site’s sensitive ecology without disrupting bird life. Dubai is considering biological control: camels to dine in Dubai’s Ras al Khor wildlife sanctuary overrun by mangrove trees.

Macedonia plants 7 million trees to revive its forests

Green (Living) Review

Skopje, MK, November 28, 2010: Macedonians took a day off work on Friday, November 26, to plant seven million trees as part of a project started in 2008 to revive fire-ravaged forests in the landlocked Balkan country. Every summer wildfires destroy thousands of hectares of forests in Macedonia, especially in the southern part of the country. Planting forests, for amenity and commercial use, also help to absorb carbon (and other pollutants) out of the atmosphere.

New booklet on building resilience in Social Ecological Systems

The Green Changemakers

Applying resilience thinking - Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems (SES) is a new booklet from the Stockholm Resilience Centre that describes how resilience can be practically applied. Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award July 1, 2014 is the deadline for nominations for this year''s Science and Practice of Ecology & Society Award. Early warning signals of ecological transitions: methods for spatial patterns.

Rain Forest Destruction - Still Happening


Let every individual and institution now thinks and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder Believe or not folks, destruction of our rainforest is still alive today and it happens to be one of the most serious environmental problems we tackle because of habitat loss and its contribution to climate change.

Forests of the future may actually soak up more CO2 than previously believed

Green (Living) Review

Assumptions of the response of the ecosystem to rise in CO2 and pollution levels are incorrect By Michael Smith (Veshengro) North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated. Climate researchers and ecosystem modelers assume that in coming decades, carbon dioxide's fertilizing effect will temporarily boost the growth rate of northern temperate forests.

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